Violin has been nineteen-year-old Yeva Markosyan’s passion since she was five. At the time, she would pick up every piece of wood or plastic toy and imitate playing the violin. In 2004, when she was in the first grade and started her after-school studies at Romanos Melikyan Music College, she picked up the instrument for real and made it her own lifepath.

In 2009, Yeva, then 9 years old, first showcased her talent and creativity at the Renaissance International Contest-Festival held in Gyumri, which was dedicated to the 140th anniversary of Komitas. A year later, she became involved in UNICEF’s Children’s Chamber Orchestra and visited the Czech Republic with her classmates for another contest. The orchestra returned home with a First Place award.

Currently, Yeva majors in violin at the Orchestral Department of Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan. In 2017, she received FAR’s Sayan Scholarship Program, which also provides students who study at the conservatory with monthly stipends.

“Being one of the few students who receive the Sayan Scholarship multiplies your sense of responsibility. Thanks to this scholarship, I feel appreciated and secure,” said Yeva, who lives in Yerevan with her family. She spends her stipend wisely, saving much of it for the maintenance of her violin. Only occasionally does she buy something new for her house.

Besides violin, Yeva also plays the piano and the cello, however she calls violin her “only passion.” “Violin is a tool to express my feelings, what is inside me. However, I do not want to make the audience feel as I do, or transfer my excitement, sorrow or happiness to them. I want them to experience and come into contact with their own feelings through my music,” she said, smiling.

Much hard work lies behind that music, however, as Yeva constantly practices before every lesson and every performance. “I put more and more effort into my work. Time is precious, and I’m trying to spend it wisely.”